How To Draw Sugar Skull: Step 9

How to Draw a Sugar Skull

Kids will have fun learning how to draw sugar skull with 9 easy illustrative steps.

Follow along with these easy 9 drawing steps. You’ll learn the basics for drawing a sugar skull.

This lesson only takes about 20 minutes and includes a pdf you can easily print or download. The pdf guide even contains a coloring-book-like page with just the line art. This goes perfectly with crayons. It is useful for very young kids looking for some extra guidance and simply looking to fill in a sugar skull.

Finally learn to draw sweets by following this tutorial at your own speed. …and now for the how to draw sugar skull lesson…


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • How to Draw a Sugar Skull Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
How To Draw Sugar Skull: All Steps

This post will instruct you how to draw a sugar skull. We will draw attention to the shapes of each area and variety of contours drawn ensuring that the artwork looks right.

Time Needed: 20 minutes

  1. Outline The Cranium

    How To Draw Sugar Skull: Step 1

    Outline the cranium by drawing a semicircle.

  2. Draw The Cheek Bones

    How To Draw Sugar Skull: Step 2

    Draw the cheek bones by creating curved lines on both sides.

  3. Add The Jaw Bone

    How To Draw Sugar Skull: Step 3

    Add the jaw bone by drawing a U-shaped line.

  4. Outline The Facial Structure

    How To Draw Sugar Skull: Step 4

    Let’s draw the facial structure. First, draw the eye sockets by creating two rounded shapes. Next, draw the hollow space of the nose by making an inverted heart shape. Then, draw a curved line for the mouth.

  5. Draw The Teeth

    How To Draw Sugar Skull: Step 5

    Draw bumpy lines on the top and bottom of the mouth line to form the teeth.

  6. Decorate The Mouth

    How To Draw Sugar Skull: Step 6

    Decorate the mouth by drawing the shapes on the chin part as shown. Emphasize the form of the teeth by adding lines.

  7. Decorate The Eyes And Cheeks

    How To Draw Sugar Skull: Step 7

    Next, let’s decorate the eyes and cheeks. First, draw flowers on the eyes and cheeks as shown. Then, draw a bumpy line outside both eye sockets.

  8. Decorate The Forehead

    How To Draw Sugar Skull: Step 8

    Decorate the forehead by first drawing a heart. Next, draw wavy shapes for the eyebrow part. Then, draw the same wavy shape above the heart. Finally, add almond shapes attached to the wavy shapes as shown.

  9. Complete The Sugar Skull Drawing

    How To Draw Sugar Skull: Step 9

    To complete our sugar skull drawing, color the skull with a white crayon. Next, color the eye sockets and hollow part of the nose with a dark purple. Color the flower petals in the eye socket with yellow and orange crayons and the flower petals on the cheeks with a blue crayon. Now, color the teeth with a yellow crayon. Then, shade the heart and center of the flowers with a red crayon. Finally, color the remaining shapes with blue and green crayons.

How to Draw a Sugar Skull PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw a Sugar Skull. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!

Dia de Muertos

A sugar skull is a decorative skull made from sugar or clay to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead. In spanish this famous holiday is called “Dia de Muertos”.

Sugar skulls are usually shaped like human skulls and are often decorated with colorful designs and motifs, such as flowers, fruits, or animals. Mexican sugar skulls are usually made of sugar and while technically edible they are usually used for decoration purposes only.

Because they are used mostly for decoration, sugar skulls are sometimes made of clay as well.

Sugar skulls come in different sizes to represent the age of the person who has died. The smaller skulls represent deceased children. The larger skulls are there to remind family members of adults who have since deceased as well

The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico on November 1st through the 2nd. It is a time to remember those who have died in the past year. The celebration includes building altars called ofrendas with food, drinks, candles, and flowers for family members who have died.

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